I attended the Concert of 70th Anniversary of Israel. It was a superb concert by Rita, who was born in Iran and moved to Israel when she was 8 years old, and ASUSHI of EXILE, one of the most prominent Japanese singers.
I am so sad because most of Japanese people has exaggerated prejudice toward Israel. Do you really know the tragic history of Jew’s? They have been discriminated for about 2000 years without any reasonable cause. They were forced to be contained in dirty ghettos, they were not allowed to own land, and often expelled from the country without any reason. Do you know the facts that even the Holocaust survivors were rejected to enter some countries? The Holocaust we know is only a small part of their history.
Can you imagine how hard for the people who migrated to the dry and barren land with too strong sunshine. Many of them died because of the harsh environment and malaria. But they have nowhere else to go.
Their independent war was against overwhelming Arab alliance of Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq. The number of the Jewish soldiers are only some hundreds of thousands and they only have 1 rifle per 5 soldiers. Nobody imagined Israel would win.
The only reason they could managed to win the independence war is that every single Jew tried his/her best for the Nation State of their own in the future his/her life at stake.
I assume that many Japanese would be surprised if they learn the Jews who believe Israel would exist 100 years from now. Their life is always threatened by surrounding countries, and they struggle to survive every single day.
I do wish the Japanese people who kept criticizing Jews without studying their history to learn more history, although I think the illegal occupation of Palestine is bad and this should be solved somehow.
Japan is one of the most peaceful country and we don’t have to worry about our security in everyday life. Isn’t it inappropriate to criticize those who are in such severe surroundings without learning their tragic situation from the other side of river, where we can live without worrying about our safety at all? I do want to ask those Japanese people to try to learn their history and try to imagine their mind-set.
Who can be not too protective in such situation?
Whenever I listen to their national anthem, I cannot help feeling their deep sorrow to have struggled through unimaginable discrimination for generations. The ugly anti-Semitism is now growing in Europe and it breaks my heart.
The words of Amos Oz, the prominent Israeli writer, “ We have loved Europe so long, but it never loved us back” are still in the deep place of my heart and make my heart bleeding.